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debauchery

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noun de·bauch·ery \di-ˈbȯ-chə-rē, -chrē, -ˈbä-\

Simple Definition of debauchery

  • : bad or immoral behavior that involves sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.

Full Definition of debauchery

plural de·bauch·er·ies

  1. 1 a :  extreme indulgence in sensuality b plural :  orgies

  2. 2 archaic :  seduction from virtue or duty

Examples of debauchery

  1. Like St. Augustine carousing his student days away in fourth-century Carthage, [Thomas] Merton had succumbed to such physical and intellectual debaucheries as New York offered a Columbia undergraduate in the 1930's: wine, women and some Communist fellow-traveling. —Mark Silk, New York Times Book Review, 30 Mar. 1986

  2. … they regard all music and everything pleasant as forms of debauchery, and will not confess to any knowledge or practice unless you can convince them that you are as abandoned a profligate as themselves. —Bernard Shaw, letter, 25 Nov. 1948

  3. I have seen a dozen boys stretched on the grass within a circumference of fifty feet, all of them smoking cigarettes and reading dime novels. It was a scene of inspiring debauchery, even to the most craven spectator. —H. L. Mencken, Happy Days, 1940

  4. He later regretted the debauchery of his youth.

  5. He recalled the evening's debaucheries with regret.



Origin of debauchery

(see 1debauch)


First Known Use: 1642



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